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Presentation and Management of Blue Force Capabilities


OBJECTIVE: Define, develop, and demonstrate innovative approaches to accurately present and represent globally-distributed blue force readiness and capability (comprising air, space, and cyberspace assets) in a timely manner. DESCRIPTION: Today"s blue forces are globally distributed and supporting missions worldwide. Traditional Command and Control (C2) systems deal with blue forces in relation to their geographically-defined location and domain-specific missions. The current technical approaches do not enable a C2 capability to efficiently and effectively represent and manage blue forces in a dynamically changing environment across the air, space, and cyberspace domains. Blue forces are the resources that are utilized for the mission, which could include hardware entities such as planes or hardware assets on the network like routers and switches, software systems for C2, sensors, and the people. Blue forces could be considered any part of our ability to conduct operations, be it logical or physical. A comprehensive visualization of blue force status or readiness and capability in near real-time across the air, space, and cyberspace domains is the desired capability of this effort. Solutions should be able to accurately represent and provide shared understanding of air, space and cyberspace blue force capabilities, or a mixture of these forces, in a timely manner. Issues with this include incomplete data, uncertainty, conflicting data, capturing and maintaining real-time state, understanding timeliness, data fusion and more. By accurately representing blue forces throughout all domains and between mission partners the means to achieve integrated economy of force is feasible. Solutions could also consider creation of effects by novel mixing and matching of capabilities in and across the air, space, and cyberspace domains to achieve desired outcomes. Key will be the ability to understand the D5 effects (e.g. destroy, deny, disrupt, degrade, and deceive) and/or non-military effects such as providing humanitarian relief (situation awareness, communications, shelter, etc.) that can be delivered and how one can aggregate data to produce the desired effects for a package of assets. Solutions should also provide innovative technologies to display blue force status for forces in all domains (air, space, cyber) in a visualization to allow users to understand their blue force status and capabilities to enhance planning. A solution of this capability will allow military commanders and operators to know what resources are available to them, where they are, and how they can best use them. PHASE I: Define relevant use cases to assist analysis and identification of potential solutions. Perform trade analysis to select and recommend a solution for representing air, space, and cyberspace or a combination of forces to address the capability desired. Develop a design concept and/or prototype demonstration of selected technology solutions. PHASE II: Develop, demonstrate, and validate the prototype in a relevant scenario clearly demonstrating ability to meet the desired capabilities in a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). PHASE III: Military command centers will benefit from knowing what resources are available to them, where they are, and what they can do. Commercial benefit comes from understanding one"s resources to meet market demands. REFERENCES: 1. AF/ST-TR-10-01-PR, Technology Horizons, Volume 1, 15 May 2010. 2. Command and Control Rapid Prototyping Continuum (C2RPC) The Framework for Achieving a New C2 Strategy : 3. Semantic Web: Standards. 4. JP 5-0 Joint Operation Planning:
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